Disperser coupled rhamnolipid disintegration of pulp and paper mill waste biosolid: Characterisation, methane production, energy assessment and cost analysis.


Department of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 620015, India. Electronic address: [Email]


In this study, the disintegration potential of disperser coupled rhamnolipid (RLD) was investigated on pulp and paper mill secondary sedimentation tank (PPST) sludge. Initially, RLD dosage and pH were optimized for liquefied organic content release. Maximal of liquefied organic content release of 2158 mg/L was attained at an optimized RLD dosage (0.009 g/g TS (Total solids), pH 10). To augment liquefaction of PPST sludge further, disperser and disperser coupled RLD methods were carried out. Disperser coupled RLD method has achieved maximal liquefaction rate (27%) and total suspended solids (TSS) reduction (20%) at 5128 kJ/kg TS when compared to disperser method. Subsequently, methane assay was performed in which disperser coupled RLD method yielded higher methane production of 295 mL/g VS (Volatile solids). Then, cost analysis was performed in which disperser coupled RLD method achieved a net profit of 134 $/ ton of PPST sludge.


Cost analysis,Disperser,Methane production,Pulp and paper mill sludge,Rhamnolipid,

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